127 W. Ocean Boulevard,
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Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Liberty Theater, Stanley Theatre
The Liberty Theater was opened on May 15, 1916. This was a smaller member of the long line of theatres which once stood on Ocean Avenue. On August 16, 1930 it was renamed Stanley Theatre with Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra in “King of Jazz”. On October 13, 1939 following a revamp it was renamed Roxy Theatre. It began screening adult movies in 1968.
As I remember it when driving by when a child, and as it was when I photographed it in 1982 shortly before its demise, the façade featured a nice but rather typical Moderne trapezoidal marquee with the “Roxy” name in neon channel letters over the central panel.
The facade however, had been covered over in the 1960’s by a metal grille of a type popularly used at the time to obscure (thereby “updating”) the fronts of older buildings. Added to this were sheet metal silhouettes of a bell bottomed man and woman. I will guess that they once had painted detailing, though by the time I photographed the theatre, both they and the marquee had been painted out in vivid flat blue. It closed as an adult the theatre in 1977.
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